Women's Basketball Knocks Off No. 16/14 Nebraska, 70-57
Jan. 9, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's basketball team never trailed and controlled the action against No. 16/14 Nebraska on Thursday night, topping the Huskers, 70-57. Senior Annalise Pickrel and redshirt freshman Aerial Powers each scored 17 points and posted double-doubles, as the Spartans improved to 10-5 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten.
Powers had an impressive stat line with 17 points, going 5-for-8 from the field, 15 rebounds, three steals and two blocks in only 27 minutes. Pickrel was 4-for-6 from 3-point tonight, while adding 10 rebounds for her second career double-double. Junior Becca Mills and freshman Tori Jankoska each added 10 points, and junior Kiana Johnson dished out eight assists.
With the score tied at four, Michigan State ran off nine-straight points over a span of almost five minutes to jump ahead, 13-4 with under 14 minutes until halftime. The Huskers would get within five (29-24) with 2:49 on the clock. However, the Spartans scored the final eight points, capped by an athletic putback by Powers to beat the buzzer.
Michigan State continued the momentum into the second half. After Nebraska opened the half with a 3-pointer, the Spartans went on an 11-0 run over the next four minutes to go ahead 48-27. MSU's lead would grow to as much as 25 (62-37) with 8:53 left, before the Huskers chipped back within 13, but got no closer.
The Huskers, the preseason Big Ten favorite by the league's coaches and media, fell to 11-3 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten.
The Spartan defense was tough again tonight, holding Nebraska to season lows in points and field goal percentage (30.8%). The Huskers entered the night, averaging 76.2 points and shooting 45.0% on the season.
The Spartans face in-state rival Michigan for the only time this season on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on Big Ten Network.
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